Period
to 15 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Problem-Solving skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Problem-Solving over the 6 months to 15 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Problem-Solving
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
15 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 23 30 30
Rank change year-on-year +7 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 1,064 2,495 3,455
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 6.19% 6.11% 6.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.34% 7.24% 7.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 782 1,364 2,055
Median daily rate £421 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.94% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £177 £169 £225
90th Percentile £575 £575 £563
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 227 168
Median hourly rate £18.00 £25.00 £29.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.00% -14.53% +39.29%
10th Percentile £10.50 £13.25 £10.18
90th Percentile £58.15 £53.75 £51.00
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £25.75 £26.00
% change year-on-year -12.62% -0.96% +14.64%

Problem-Solving is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 14,501 34,458 45,835
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 84.31% 84.34% 86.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,568 21,780 28,925
Median daily rate £427 £433 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.21% +1.76% +4.94%
10th Percentile £238 £258 £270
90th Percentile £600 £600 £588
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £473
% change year-on-year - +0.53% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 851 1,474 1,649
Median hourly rate £24.25 £20.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.25% -4.76% -3.58%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £11.17
90th Percentile £55.63 £51.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £27.50 £21.00 £21.76
% change year-on-year +30.95% -3.49% +0.28%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London.

Daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 15 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London.

Hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 15 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 15 January 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East +3 297 £425 - 238
North of England -4 231 £413 -2.94% 268
Midlands +10 169 £405 -3.57% 166
North West +5 143 £390 -8.24% 156
Scotland +2 134 £425 +6.25% 58
West Midlands +9 129 £413 +0.61% 95
East of England +15 115 £425 -5.56% 108
South West +13 90 £450 +1.12% 120
Yorkshire -20 69 £425 - 87
East Midlands +12 39 £360 -14.79% 71
Wales +17 23 £325 -13.33% 28
North East -15 19 £362 +12.25% 25
Northern Ireland +6 8 £375 +44.23% 11
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 15 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Problem-Solving also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the UK excluding London region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 340 (31.95%) Analytical Skills
2 300 (28.20%) Agile Software Development
3 198 (18.61%) SQL
4 195 (18.33%) Windows
5 179 (16.82%) Microsoft
6 177 (16.64%) Security Cleared
7 148 (13.91%) Java
8 141 (13.25%) Linux
9 140 (13.16%) SC Cleared
10 139 (13.06%) Public Sector
11 122 (11.47%) Finance
12 117 (11.00%) Python
13 111 (10.43%) ITIL
14 110 (10.34%) Oracle
15 106 (9.96%) Scrum
16 102 (9.59%) Stakeholder Management
16 102 (9.59%) Degree
16 102 (9.59%) Decision-Making
17 100 (9.40%) Git (software)
18 98 (9.21%) Active Directory
19 95 (8.93%) Microsoft Office
19 95 (8.93%) Azure
20 93 (8.74%) DevOps
21 91 (8.55%) AWS
22 89 (8.36%) Configuration Management
23 81 (7.61%) Project Management
24 80 (7.52%) Migration
25 79 (7.42%) JIRA
26 78 (7.33%) SQL Server
27 74 (6.95%) Self-Motivation

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 45 (4.23%) Confluence
2 37 (3.48%) Apache
3 30 (2.82%) SharePoint
4 27 (2.54%) WebLogic
5 24 (2.26%) IIS
6 19 (1.79%) JBoss
7 17 (1.60%) WebSphere
8 16 (1.50%) Tomcat
9 14 (1.32%) MS Exchange
10 13 (1.22%) SAS
11 12 (1.13%) CMS
12 11 (1.03%) Apache Spark
12 11 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
12 11 (1.03%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 6 (0.56%) IBM Domino
13 6 (0.56%) nginx
14 5 (0.47%) Jupyter
14 5 (0.47%) WebSphere Application Server
15 4 (0.38%) DNN
15 4 (0.38%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 95 (8.93%) Microsoft Office
2 56 (5.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 26 (2.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 18 (1.69%) MS Visio
4 18 (1.69%) Spreadsheet
5 7 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.56%) Simulink
7 2 (0.19%) Maya
7 2 (0.19%) Stata
8 1 (0.094%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.094%) Adobe After Effects
8 1 (0.094%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.094%) Adobe Premiere
8 1 (0.094%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.094%) CPLEX
8 1 (0.094%) FrameMaker
8 1 (0.094%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.094%) PTC Creo
8 1 (0.094%) Siemens NX
8 1 (0.094%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 13 (1.22%) Magento
2 10 (0.94%) Payment Gateway
3 5 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.28%) SAP IS-U
4 3 (0.28%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 2 (0.19%) Fredhopper
5 2 (0.19%) Maximo
5 2 (0.19%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.19%) Sage 200
5 2 (0.19%) SAP Hybris
5 2 (0.19%) SAP WM
6 1 (0.094%) assyst
6 1 (0.094%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.094%) SAP QM
6 1 (0.094%) SAP Retail
6 1 (0.094%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.094%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 95 (8.93%) Azure
2 91 (8.55%) AWS
3 59 (5.55%) Office 365
4 19 (1.79%) Power Platform
5 17 (1.60%) SaaS
6 16 (1.50%) Amazon S3
7 12 (1.13%) PaaS
8 10 (0.94%) GCP
9 9 (0.85%) Bitrise
9 9 (0.85%) Serverless
10 8 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (0.66%) AWS CloudFormation
11 7 (0.66%) Azure Active Directory
11 7 (0.66%) GitHub
12 6 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
12 6 (0.56%) IaaS
13 4 (0.38%) Amazon ELB
13 4 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
13 4 (0.38%) OpenShift
13 4 (0.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 42 (3.95%) TCP/IP
2 31 (2.91%) DHCP
2 31 (2.91%) Firewall
3 30 (2.82%) DNS
4 29 (2.73%) VPN
5 23 (2.16%) LAN
5 23 (2.16%) WAN
6 21 (1.97%) HTTP
6 21 (1.97%) Network Security
6 21 (1.97%) Wi-Fi
7 19 (1.79%) IPv6
8 18 (1.69%) IPv4
9 17 (1.60%) SSL
10 16 (1.50%) SAN
11 12 (1.13%) Wireless
11 12 (1.13%) Wireshark
12 11 (1.03%) FTP
13 10 (0.94%) BGP
13 10 (0.94%) Internet
13 10 (0.94%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (7.33%) SQL Server
2 57 (5.36%) MySQL
3 49 (4.61%) Relational Database
4 30 (2.82%) Data Warehouse
5 27 (2.54%) Oracle Database
6 26 (2.44%) Hadoop
7 25 (2.35%) MongoDB
8 24 (2.26%) Apache Hive
9 22 (2.07%) Pentaho
10 21 (1.97%) Impala
11 20 (1.88%) NoSQL
12 19 (1.79%) Power BI
13 18 (1.69%) Big Data
14 14 (1.32%) SAP BW
15 13 (1.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 11 (1.03%) DB2
16 11 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 8 (0.75%) SAP HANA
18 7 (0.66%) HBase
18 7 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 100 (9.40%) Git (software)
2 79 (7.42%) JIRA
3 73 (6.86%) Jenkins
4 19 (1.79%) GitLab
4 19 (1.79%) Selenium
5 18 (1.69%) Maven
6 17 (1.60%) JUnit
7 15 (1.41%) Bitbucket
7 15 (1.41%) CA Gen
8 14 (1.32%) Visual Studio
9 13 (1.22%) Cucumber
10 9 (0.85%) Subversion
11 8 (0.75%) Artifactory
11 8 (0.75%) Rational DOORS
12 7 (0.66%) JMeter
12 7 (0.66%) Oracle APEX
13 6 (0.56%) Ant
13 6 (0.56%) Gradle
13 6 (0.56%) REST Assured
13 6 (0.56%) SoapUI
General
1 139 (13.06%) Public Sector
2 122 (11.47%) Finance
3 33 (3.10%) Banking
4 25 (2.35%) Retail
5 24 (2.26%) Telecoms
6 14 (1.32%) Legal
6 14 (1.32%) Local Government
6 14 (1.32%) Marketing
7 12 (1.13%) Electronics
7 12 (1.13%) Games
8 11 (1.03%) Manufacturing
9 9 (0.85%) Law
10 5 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.38%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.28%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.28%) Military
13 2 (0.19%) Advertising
13 2 (0.19%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.19%) Back Office
13 2 (0.19%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 190 (17.86%) Developer
2 182 (17.11%) Analyst
3 72 (6.77%) Architect
4 48 (4.51%) Business Analyst
5 38 (3.57%) Java Developer
5 38 (3.57%) Software Engineer
6 37 (3.48%) Support Analyst
6 37 (3.48%) Support Engineer
7 34 (3.20%) Consultant
8 32 (3.01%) Service Analyst
9 26 (2.44%) Project Manager
9 26 (2.44%) Service Desk Analyst
10 25 (2.35%) DevOps Engineer
11 24 (2.26%) User Researcher
12 23 (2.16%) Administrator
12 23 (2.16%) IT Support
12 23 (2.16%) Solutions Architect
13 22 (2.07%) Senior Developer
14 20 (1.88%) IT Analyst
15 18 (1.69%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (5.36%) HTML
2 47 (4.42%) CSS
3 44 (4.14%) REST
4 43 (4.04%) Web Services
5 42 (3.95%) .NET
6 33 (3.10%) Middleware
7 30 (2.82%) JSON
7 30 (2.82%) Spring
8 28 (2.63%) SOAP
9 26 (2.44%) Node.js
9 26 (2.44%) React
9 26 (2.44%) XML
10 25 (2.35%) AngularJS
11 23 (2.16%) RESTful
12 22 (2.07%) HTML5
13 20 (1.88%) J2EE
14 17 (1.60%) POSIX
14 17 (1.60%) Spring Boot
15 13 (1.22%) Play Framework
15 13 (1.22%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 340 (31.95%) Analytical Skills
2 74 (6.95%) Self-Motivation
3 53 (4.98%) Management Information System
4 34 (3.20%) User Experience
5 29 (2.73%) Data Centre
6 21 (1.97%) Mobile App
7 20 (1.88%) Mainframe
8 19 (1.79%) Device Driver
8 19 (1.79%) NHS
9 18 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
10 17 (1.60%) Algorithms
11 15 (1.41%) Data Structures
12 12 (1.13%) Clustering
12 12 (1.13%) Linux Command Line
13 11 (1.03%) Animation
13 11 (1.03%) CMDB
14 10 (0.94%) PKI
14 10 (0.94%) Smartphone
14 10 (0.94%) Virtual Team
15 9 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 195 (18.33%) Windows
2 141 (13.25%) Linux
3 73 (6.86%) Unix
4 58 (5.45%) Windows 10
5 56 (5.26%) Windows Server
6 36 (3.38%) Android
7 31 (2.91%) Windows 7
8 26 (2.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 19 (1.79%) Windows Server 2012
10 18 (1.69%) Apple iOS
11 12 (1.13%) Windows XP
12 11 (1.03%) Windows Server 2019
12 11 (1.03%) zOS
13 10 (0.94%) CentOS
13 10 (0.94%) Windows 8
14 9 (0.85%) Windows Server 2008
15 8 (0.75%) AIX
15 8 (0.75%) Mac OS X
15 8 (0.75%) Windows Server 2016
16 5 (0.47%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 300 (28.20%) Agile Software Development
2 111 (10.43%) ITIL
3 106 (9.96%) Scrum
4 102 (9.59%) Decision-Making
4 102 (9.59%) Stakeholder Management
5 93 (8.74%) DevOps
6 89 (8.36%) Configuration Management
7 81 (7.61%) Project Management
8 80 (7.52%) Migration
9 73 (6.86%) Data Modelling
10 70 (6.58%) Business Intelligence
11 69 (6.48%) Software Engineering
11 69 (6.48%) User Stories
12 65 (6.11%) Process Improvement
12 65 (6.11%) TDD
13 63 (5.92%) Microservices
14 61 (5.73%) Test Automation
15 59 (5.55%) Continuous Integration
16 56 (5.26%) OO
17 55 (5.17%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 198 (18.61%) SQL
2 148 (13.91%) Java
3 117 (11.00%) Python
4 69 (6.48%) JavaScript
5 66 (6.20%) C
6 54 (5.08%) C#
7 42 (3.95%) PowerShell
8 40 (3.76%) C++
9 38 (3.57%) Perl
10 35 (3.29%) PL/SQL
11 32 (3.01%) Bash Shell
12 28 (2.63%) Shell Script
13 27 (2.54%) Scala
14 25 (2.35%) Java 8
15 17 (1.60%) PHP
16 15 (1.41%) VB
17 14 (1.32%) COBOL
18 11 (1.03%) Kotlin
19 10 (0.94%) T-SQL
19 10 (0.94%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 177 (16.64%) Security Cleared
2 140 (13.16%) SC Cleared
3 102 (9.59%) Degree
4 22 (2.07%) Cisco Certification
4 22 (2.07%) DV Cleared
5 17 (1.60%) CCNP
5 17 (1.60%) Computer Science Degree
5 17 (1.60%) Microsoft Certification
6 15 (1.41%) CCNA
7 14 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
8 13 (1.22%) MCSE
9 12 (1.13%) CISSP
10 11 (1.03%) Master's Degree
11 9 (0.85%) CISM
11 9 (0.85%) DBS Check
11 9 (0.85%) MCP
12 8 (0.75%) CCA
12 8 (0.75%) ISEB
12 8 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
13 7 (0.66%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (4.79%) QA
2 49 (4.61%) SLA
3 20 (1.88%) Data Quality
4 12 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 10 (0.94%) GDPR
5 10 (0.94%) PCI DSS
6 7 (0.66%) PMO
7 6 (0.56%) NIST
8 5 (0.47%) COBIT
9 4 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 3 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 2 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.19%) NCSC
11 2 (0.19%) SNOMED CT
12 1 (0.094%) DICOM
12 1 (0.094%) DO-178B
12 1 (0.094%) Government Security Classifications
12 1 (0.094%) HL7
12 1 (0.094%) JTAG
System Software
1 98 (9.21%) Active Directory
2 49 (4.61%) Docker
3 36 (3.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (1.88%) HDFS
5 13 (1.22%) vSphere
6 12 (1.13%) Virtual Machines
7 10 (0.94%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (0.66%) NFS
9 5 (0.47%) Time Sharing Option
9 5 (0.47%) VirtualBox
10 4 (0.38%) ACF2
10 4 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
10 4 (0.38%) RACF
10 4 (0.38%) XenApp
11 3 (0.28%) Firmware
11 3 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
12 2 (0.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 2 (0.19%) Hyper-V
12 2 (0.19%) OpenAM
12 2 (0.19%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 54 (5.08%) SCCM
2 51 (4.79%) Ansible
3 26 (2.44%) Puppet
4 25 (2.35%) Kubernetes
5 24 (2.26%) Terraform
6 17 (1.60%) Opscode Chef
7 10 (0.94%) Microsoft Intune
7 10 (0.94%) Single Sign-On
8 9 (0.85%) Kibana
9 8 (0.75%) HP Data Protector
10 6 (0.56%) FortiGate
10 6 (0.56%) IBM BigFix
10 6 (0.56%) Microsoft Clustering
10 6 (0.56%) Netcool
10 6 (0.56%) SCOM
10 6 (0.56%) WSUS
11 5 (0.47%) Tivoli
12 4 (0.38%) Grafana
12 4 (0.38%) Jamf Pro
12 4 (0.38%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 179 (16.82%) Microsoft
2 110 (10.34%) Oracle
3 49 (4.61%) Cisco
4 45 (4.23%) SAP
4 45 (4.23%) VMware
5 37 (3.48%) IBM
6 31 (2.91%) ServiceNow
7 26 (2.44%) Apple
7 26 (2.44%) HP
8 25 (2.35%) Google
9 24 (2.26%) Red Hat
10 22 (2.07%) webMethods
11 21 (1.97%) Cloudera
12 19 (1.79%) Remedy
13 15 (1.41%) BEA
13 15 (1.41%) Pega
13 15 (1.41%) Salesforce.com
14 14 (1.32%) Citrix
14 14 (1.32%) F5
15 13 (1.22%) Atlassian